Creating a Spirit Box

I had meant to write about this topic yesterday, but with my dog Ginger’s illness, other issues were more important.  Thank you for all of you who have offered your kind thoughts.

Because of the big storm’s last night, it seems the blood tests that were being done for my dog Ginger are delayed.  We still don’t know what is wrong with her, and am not sure when we’ll get the results.  My vet has been wonderful and gave me his home phone number to call him if anything gets worse.  Right now, our little dog is holding steady.

In some ways, these troubles and concerns are perfect in connection with the topic of today’s blog – Creating a Spirit box.

Now, if you don’t believe in Spirit or God or a higher power, this idea might not be as helpful for you. When the idea of creating a God box was presented twice from two different sources in the last week, it  seemed like a good one to add to my life.  I prefer to call it a Spirit box myself, but you can call it whatever you like.  I imagine you could also call this a Zen box, and approach worries in a Taoist way too.

The idea is simple and probably not a new one.   It seems like I’ve heard of variations of this theme for a long time.  Essentially, you use a box to store all those problems in your life, which are beyond your control to change in some way or another.  A sick dog.  Shaky finances.  Love.  Health.  Employment.  You name it. Whatever issue in your life is worrying you.  And you create this ritual to give over those problems to something higher than yourself.

The directions are simple:

  1. Get or find some type of container or box with a lid.  You can decorate it, like I have if you wish.
  2. Write on a sheet of paper any worry or concern you have.
  3. Put the paper(s) in the God box and trust that your worry will be handled by something bigger than yourself.
  4. Come back to the box as often as you need.  Even if you need to remember that you already put a certain worry in there, and it’s being handled in its own time.

In my case, I decided to re-purpose a box that I had created several years ago as a dream box.  It feels better suited for this purpose now.

I placed it to a bookshelf, which is also a mini altar in my house, and wrote this blessing for every time I need to use it:

Dear Great Spirit of the universe,

Help me to align with my best self, that inner transformer, who helps me to take the actions I need to take every day.

For all else, I put my worries in this box knowing they are in your hands now.

I rely on your power to redeem, forgive, and uplift everything I don’t control.

With all my worries gone, I can relax and focus on what I was put here to do today.

Any day, a new worry can occur.  All we can do is our best to deal with what presents itself, and leave the rest to something greater than ourselves to sort out.

Do you have any special ways you deal with your worries both big and small?  I’d love to hear how you face new and old challenges in life.

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Today’s Solstice – A Mirror for the Great Global Reversal Now Underway

The sun behind the Heel Stone at Stonehenge, s...
The sun behind the Heel Stone at Stonehenge, shortly after sunrise on the summer solstice. Keywords: Summer Solstice, Stonehenge, sunlight, Heel Stone. Español: El sol detrás de la Piedra del Tacón en el monumento de Stonehenge, Gran Bretaña, poco después del amanecer del solsticio de verano. Français : Le soleil derrière la Heel Stone de Stonehenge, peu après son lever, au solstice d’été. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Solstice!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my perceptions of transformative energies that are sweeping through the world.  This is a longer post for those of you who are inclined to read this.

Tapping Into Your Own Energy Today

If you would like a Solstice meditation to uplift your energy, check out Ken Stone at solsticeforyoursoul.com.  I always find his guided meditations leave me feeling blissed out.  I listened to this meditation earlier today, and think it could help you align your energy with the reversals that are coming.

A Time for Personal Strength

Today is the Solstice, a day when energies around the world mirror our yearly transition of the orbit of the earth around the sun.

This is also a day when if we are listening through our soul’s antenna,  destiny is calling all of us who are alive in these days of tremendous change.

As we move through these dramatic times,  compassion and caring are the most important strengths we can develop.  Today is a good day to align yourself with those aspects of yourself.

Trend Reversal

Practically speaking, the Solstice is always a day when seasonal trends reverse:

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, this is the longest day of the year. The days will get shorter until December 21st.

And if in the southern hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year for you, and the days are now about to get longer.

We Are in the Midst of a Bigger Shift

The days we are living through contain profound energies and opportunities for positive change that are beneficial for you, especially when you don’t resist the change.

We are in the middle of a huge collective reversal that is changing belief sets that have been in existence for thousands of years.

Not everyone likes this reversal. In fact, you might not like it, because it is so deeply ingrained in our belief sets.

Because the belief that is being reversed is the idea that mono-cultures are good for us.

This doesn’t mean there is no room for tribes or homogeneity. There is something in human nature that likes to be surrounded by people who are like us.  In the book, Thrive by  Dan Buettner points to cultures and people who seem happier when they share a certain amount of similarity.

Yet on the whole, if my logic and intuition are correct:

We are moving into a long period of time (millennia) when diversity is cherished across the earth.

Humans have lived in a world where for thousands of years, different cultures have insisted on and often gone on to create gruesome wars in order to protect a single idea, religion, culture or world view.  Humanity on the whole has sought to drive out wildness and diversity and dissent.

We did this because it seemed safer for humanity to do so.

Collectively, we destroyed forests across the world, limited the number of species of preferred animals and food, and societal structures.

It may be that we had to go through these changes to survive as a species and evolve our consciousness.

In modern times, we see the drive for monoculture as an underlying goal in most corporations.  The underlying goal for most capitalist companies is to create products and services in such a way that monopolies are created and profits are maximized.  This is such a prevalent idea, that we don’t always see it, especially if the monopoly is led by a charismatic leader such as a Steve Jobs.

In agriculture, we collectively created a world where mono-cultures of food crops now dominate the world. For many in the world, there is only one true religion, the one they are following.

Developing Your Individuality

An interconnected world and human consciousness is changing all of this.  And I would contend that the divine Spirit that connects us all together is also letting us know that it favors this change and loves diversity.

In individuals, we have sometimes honored versatility.  I’ve always liked to read about Sir Isaac Newton because he was a scientist, astrologer and a devout man.  In his time, you could be them all.  Same with Leonardo Da Vinci.  But if you were a woman with that same combination of interests in those days, God help you! You were much more likely to be burnt at the stake for being a heretic than become renowned for your versatility.

We are moving into a new time, when diversity will be appreciated much more than mono-culture.  That means a culture of men and women working together is the one that will flourish. We need a vast collection of opinions, ideas, religious beliefs, plants, organic foods, cultures to help the world make a quantum leap into a more just, prosperous and peaceful world.

At the same time that differences can be celebrated, we are all connected by a common humanity, whether we like it or not.  Many of us also believe we are connected with all of life energetically, including stones, trees, mountains, oceans and other worlds, and they are trying to get through to us.

What does this all mean for you?

It means that being unique is already starting to be valued more than fitting in.  If you look at the situation in our global economy with an open mind, you can see that the collective whole needs us to express our unique perspective and talents.

On a more psychic note, today’s Solstice is carrying powerful energies to help you to reverse the trends of your life.

  • If you have been unhealthy much of your life, you can find healing and health in the months and years ahead.
  • If you have tried too much to fit in, opportunities will arise for you to stand out, more quickly, the more authentic you are.
  • If you have been working alone for too long, you will find your tribe to support you.
  • If you have been overwhelmed by the needs of others, you will have time for your needs to now be met.

The reversal you will see is as individual as you are.

The end result is the same however.  By being your unique self to your best ability, you will feel more connected to everyone and everything on this planet more than you ever have before.

Enjoy this Solstice.  Some people like to make a wish today.  You might enjoy writing your destiny between now and the December solstice to be a witness to what changes in your life.  I believe you will see some very positive reversals in your life.

Harnessing the Transformative Power of a Writer’s Retreat

Deutsch: Retreat
Deutsch: Retreat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you read or listen to many coaches for authors, you might notice them saying the same thing.

The first purpose of inspirational writing is to change yourself.

You may or may not agree with that idea, but you probably have noticed that often when we teach something to someone else, we are the ones who learn the most.  Personally, I have always found any kind of writing to be transformational.  Even writing computer user guides can teach you something about writing.

The process of organizing our thoughts or simply writing them, at the very least lets us know what our thoughts are.  Sometimes when we’re lucky, our writing creates beauty and wisdom and inspiration for others.

Most of all, writing is a form of self-expression.  What else could we be put upon this earth to do, if it is not to share our best self?  If writing calls to you, why not see where yours will take you this summer in an even more concentrated way and take part in a writer’s retreat?

You may already be planning on attending a writer’s retreat or creating your own.  Whether your retreat is 15 minutes or the whole summer, give yourself the chance to learn, grow and explore your unique self that you’re expressing.

In the next few posts, I’m going to offer some ideas on how to increase the expression of your self in a self-driven writer’s retreat. You deserve something that goes beyond your typical routine with writing and you can do that on your own.  However, if you want to include other writers, that’s great too!

Had you planned on giving yourself the gift of a writer’s retreat this season or this year?

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Reaching the End of What You Know – Finding Your Intuition

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Dead end road (Photo credit: van Ort)

Today, when I was reading my favorite blogs, I read an explanation from psychic Amy Keast on Trusting your guides and how she finds her intuition, which fed perfectly into what I had planned to write today.

How many times have you heard people tell you to follow your intuition?

In my case, I don’t know of any time in my own life where I made a huge leap without following my intuition.  For me, it often appears in a written form, but not always.

The problem is that most of don’t have much idea about how to find our intuition when we are in the midst of turmoil or trouble in our life.

I’ve noticed that to have access to my intuition,  I must follow the Tao Te Ching advice of yesterday’s blog and learn to trust and in a certain sense give up ambition.  Then, I can listen to my intuition.

What are the ways in which you tap into your intuition when you need it most?

And what might your intuition be telling you to do now to create a quantum leap in your life?

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Quantum Leaps and Summer Vacation

English: The Quantum Leap
English: The Quantum Leap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I work on the plans for our family summer vacation today, I started to think about the opportunity we have to make quantum leaps.

I have tended to like summer and winter because they are times when certain expectations slow down.   I don’t usually associate these times with quantum leaps.  Instead,  I’ve tended to see these seasons as ones when big changes aren’t really possible.

Yet, I have to remind myself that remarkable discoveries, breakthroughs and accomplishments can happen at any time. If you could make a quantum leap in any of your life or your whole life in the next three months, what would it be?

I’m taking my family on a road trip this summer.  In the course of a few weeks we’ll be driving across a couple thousand miles of roads across America.

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English: Redwood Sequoia sempervirens forest in California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few years ago, we drove 5000 miles in 9 days.  There was work involved in that trip, but compared to what it would have taken a hundred years ago to make the same trip, it was simple.  The ability to make a cross country trip is a quantum leap that we don’t think about much.

I’m just an average American, with perhaps an above average love of road trips.  For me, making road trips is easy, fun, and part of a long-term goal for my kids.

For some people, taking a vacation every year is a frivolous, waste of money.  I sometimes wonder if people who can’t see the value of travel also have trouble making quantum leaps.

There’s something about going on adventures to places you’ve never been that deepens your ability to believe that things can change drastically in an instant.   You see different ways of living are possible when you travel Within a few hours, sometimes even a few minutes, you can be seeing an entirely different type of landscape and culture.

Quantum leaps aren’t limited to travel.  They are all around us.  And some of them are making us nervous, because quantum leaps in outsourcing, technology, etc are changing the way of life in America.  We don’t tend to notice how available quantum leaps are to us.  If we don’t take advantage of the tools that humankind has created, we won’t make the journeys or quantum leaps that we could.

What would you really love to do in the next 90 days that you’ve never done before? With some imagination, determination, and focused play, you just might surprise yourself at the places you could see or the person you could become.

For today, just imagine what it would feel like to make a quantum leap in the next 90 days!

Perhaps over the next few days, together we can brainstorm some ways to radically change our lives, which aren’t necessarily magical, but leave us feeling that life is bigger and more wondrous than we imagined!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Part 1

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International Recycling Symbol 32px|alt=W3C|link=http://validator.w3.org/✓ The source code of this SVG is valid. Category:Valid SVG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was a day of reduce, reuse, recycle for me.  Usually, I don’t do all three at once.

Today is both electronic recycling Saturday in Aurora and free big item pick up day.

I probably should have taken pictures of some of what I was getting rid of and recycling today for this blog, but I was thinking that far ahead this morning.

Due to the work that I used to do with by-product synergy, I don’t like to throw anything away.  If at all possible, I like to give it to someone to reuse or find a way to recycle my unwanted or un-needed items.

Since,  I’m now on a quest to reduce the amount of stuff in my life before I move into a new place, I was up at 8am in line with other cars taking advantage of the opportunity to get rid of stuff like old building materials, big appliances, carpets, toys, etc. Then, it was off to the electronics recycling center and finally a third place that accepts hazardous wastes like the flourescent bulbs and batteries I had been collecting.

Re-using someone else’s trash and transforming it into treasure

When I got home, I decided that I was on a roll and painted this old dresser.  Someone was throwing it away last fall, and it was exactly the kind of piece that I wanted for storing my youngest son’s art supplies.  (Note: reducing usually means you don’t consume something in the first place, but I consider reducing the amount of stuff that I buy new to be helpful too).

 

Another view plus polishing up an old picture frame

I like that the dresser is not perfect and has chips on the drawers — that feels more Wabi Sabi to me. Now that it’s painted,  I know it goes perfectly with a black stained table and chairs that I purchased from Crate and Barrel many years ago.  In a few days I’ll show how they look together.It feels so good to be cleaning up in a responsible way.And it got me to thinking about ways to benefit from the reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy in our writing – Part 2 comes tomorrow.

Are You a Master of Your Destiny?

Certificate of the Master title in the United ...
Certificate of the Master title in the United States of America. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I once had a teacher who taught that each person would be wise to work towards becoming a Master of their own life.  To do this, she said we need to learn how to serve others.

 

There all kinds of masters.   We can become masters of our craft or career.  Some people are the master of their family.   Others master their time on earth.

If all masters served their students or followers or a higher good, I would find the term master to be something to seek after.  Unfortunately, being a master has often provided opportunities for abusing power over others. I tend to associate with patriarchal power used against the defenseless.

 

Yet, there is something about becoming a master of our own destiny that is an inherent aspect of not only American culture but personal development.  The type of master that has most appealed to me in recent years is becoming a spiritual master.  I have seen glimpses of the one reality that underpins all of life during my spiritual questing in the last few years.  There were even times when I have been able to hold on to states of bliss for months on end.  However, attaining bliss is not a form of spiritual mastery that satisfies me when so much of humanity deserves to be able to live in states of greater security, balance and comfort.

 

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skills-3 (Photo credit: Vancouver Island University)

It bothers me that the technology and skill to feed everyone on the planet exists, yet I’m not sure what I could do to help that process.  The earth is the home to billions of people who if we could work together could create paradise on earth. Instead, most of us stay stuck living the same old materialist life.

It’s not so much that there are a few people who are truly evil that are making the rest of us suffer.  It seems to me that the problem lies in the challenge that we don’t know how to master collaborative living.

In America, we have a country of basically good people in America who can’t come to agreement on how to move into the future, even though we all know the visions for the next era of human growth cannot be the same as the last era that brought us to this stage of our development.  It’s not just the top 1% of America that is clinging to a materialist way of life, it’s much of our society.

 

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A composed satellite photograph of North America in orthographic projection. The observer is centered at (40° N, 95° W), at Moon distance above the Earth. Español: Imagen de satélite de América del Norte (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My sense is that the earth and nature want to teach us a new way of being a master, and for the next few days I’ll share some ideas about the era of learning self-mastery in partnership with nature, as well as the idea of collaborative mastery without all of us becoming borgs or robots.I sincerely hope that North America can take the lead in a new kind of personal and group mastery.

We have the resources to do this if we can find the will and wisdom!